Friday, June 20, 2014

June Newsletter


    


blueprints
 June 2014                                                                                                                   


Happy Birthday to Lois {7th] Vivienne {9th} & Barb Keeling {15th}
                
June Tea 
June 28th at 3:00



June tea is almost here. Steampunk full steam ahead! We will meet at my house   tmcklea@roadrunner.com  at 3:00
It will be a traditional tea with steampunk flavor. I will be sending another email around with signups of what to bring. As people list their contributions the list will continue to go out so that everyone can see what is being brought and what might still be needed.

We will have fasionators for everyone to wear if you don’t have your own and a table to make another one.

Bring yourself, ask someone else who likes to have fun to join us, your doll challenge, dress in costume, traditional Victorian foods and your sense of delight with social interaction with people of like mind.

Editors note:
I did not know that much about steampunk till I started hunting for information for this tea. I found out I love the idea. I have always been a fan of science fiction and also a fan of the victorian era. Little did I know that there was a genre combining both. Classic science fiction set in the Victorian age which is the time period of great exploration and discovery. This time in history also gave rise to science fiction writers starting with Mary Shelly’s “Frankeinstein”. 
H.G. Wells and Jules Vern mostly comes to mind when thinking of steampunk although there were lots of lesser know authors writing  about mad scientists traveling the world in airships and steam driven robots in a time way before computers and airplanes.
There are a lot of movies that I did not even know were steam punk and were some of my favorites like Howl’s Moving Castle, League of Extraordiary Gentleman, Wild wild West, Firefly, The Prestge to name a few. I was surprised at how many I own

Carrie’s Dear Gabby

Hello Ladies,
Debby has asked me to do a monthly “column” for the newsletter. Since she knows flattery works every time, of course I agreed. I was thinking of calling it “Dear Gabby”… :]
Last months Steampunk class was so fun. We made Fascinators in all shapes and sizes, with feathers, gears, tool, lace ect. and hot glue galore. Many thanks to Debby and Patti Culea for their generosity, donations and exceptional talent!
We had 11 ladies in attendance. Its always so nice to sew and chat with such incredible women.
Extra headpieces are being made by members to bring to our next meeting. So no excuses ladies. Please come and join the fun! It is our summer  Steampunk potluck to be held at Debby’s house, which will also be our June doll club meeting. [*please note date and time change for June meeting]
Our charity dolls are due in August. Please keep this special project at the top of your list. [As a last minute person this reminder is for me as well!] The dolls are going to such a great cause. I can’t wait to see them all. Thanks again to Patti C. for donating the patterns and for the fabric and lace. Giving to others is it’s own reward.
Lastly, Patty Smith recently had another surgery. She’s such a trooper. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. See you all in a few weeks.

Happy Stitching, Carrie

Are you working on your steampunk doll to bring to the tea?

web sights of interest for Steampunk
Or type in steampunk and all sort of things pop up!
And, here's a event happening in San Diego to whet our appetites:

WinkieCon - the 50th Wizard of Oz convention - Aug. 8-10 - Town & Country Convention Center
This will be a huge event as they will be celebrating the 75 anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz, and the 50th anniversary of their convention.  The theme this year is Tik-Tok, who is very Steampunk.


Here are some challenges/swaps online:
 Steampunk Mini-doll and Pin Doll Swap.   Deadline 7/31/14.  rules and sign-up at www.dollstreetdreamers.com/postoffice
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Magazines wanting photos of your dolls:
1) Soft Dolls and Animals: send 300 dpi photos to kherrold@scottpublications.com or mail to 2145 W. Sherman Blvd., Norton Shores, MI 49441-3434
Medieval Times: deadline July 9, 2014
 Storybook Characters: deadline September 9, 2014
2) Doll Collector: send 300 dpi photos to lsass@scottpublications.com  or mail to the address above.
Santas: deadline September 1, 2014       

Reminder:
With some of our dolls going to a facility for Alzheimers and Dementia patients we can't use buttons.  They can be torn off and the patient can choke.  What I did was use the optional cheek circle to replace the buttons on Franny's eyes.

Those of you who have used buttons, those dolls will go to Rachel's House where battered women and children go for safety.  These people won't pull the buttons off and choke on them.  

The deadline for the dolls to be finished will be at our August meeting, which will be at Patti Culea's house.  She will have dates for presenting the dolls and those who want to attend let her know.  The dolls that go to Rachel's House will have to go annonymously.  But, the person who takes them will make sure they are given to those who truly need them.

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July- hosted by Joann Doset: Africa pictures and stick medicine man project and pictures of Africa
August- charity dolls due hosted by Patti Culea also will make tags for the dolls.
August- hosted by Patti Culea:charity dolls 
September-Sharon Goldschneider- emborderey project
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Members websites:
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling                    Debra Tomcik
[If you would like your web site listed please contact me so that I can include you on the list. ] 

The newsletter will evolve as we develop more content in the future.  You can help!  I can use notes, stories and other materials from you about your activities and happenings, your websites, any challenges you might want to organize, photographs of your work or studio, and other items that could be of interest to our doll making community!  Please contact me at:  tmcklea@roadrunner.com, or call me at 760-943-8692!
Note:
If anyone has dues to send in please send a check to: Sheila Godfrey, 908 Morse St, Oceanside, CA, 92054

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Poster's note: The above is a re-post of the email newsletter sent to members of the club. The email newsletter has photos and additional information. Contact Lois Boncer or Sheila Godfrey if you would like to become a member.


                                                                                   



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blueprints for April



On Apr 7, 2014, at 8:23 AM, Debra Tomcik <tmcklea@roadrunner.com> wrote:

Blueprints
                              Newsletter of IOLCC  
                              April 2014                                                                                                                              
next meeting  April 22 6:30 at Patti Culea’s house


March meeting was so nicely hosted by Linda Adam. Patti summed the evening up so well and I quote:”What a fun evening we had Tuesday.  Those who didn't come really missed out.  Of course, we didn't get anything done, but we had fun anyway.”

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  Our next class project:
A Doll to Love Charity Project -  April 22


What is the charity?  Some of the dolls will go to a local nursing home to give to residents with Dementia and Alzheimer's.  They've found that women with these illnesses love holding a doll or stuffed animal.  It calms them.

The other charity is an organization that is rescuing children from the sex slavery business herd in San Diego.  These girls, many who are under the age of 13, need something to love.  Again, a doll or stuffed animal is something that is loved and needed.

At the April meeting I'll have a list of the places we'll consider to donate these dolls to.  We can decide at that meeting which two we'd like.
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Bring a finished body,  including the head without her features. If you used Patti's pattern - Fancy Frannie - don't put the head together.  Back the face with an embroidery stabilizer.  If you want to use the bits of fabric for Frannie's eyes, cheeks and lips have them ironed onto her face.  We'll embroider the rest at Patti's.  Bring scissors and embroidery needles.  Patti will provide embroidery thread and buttons.

A couple years ago DMC asked me to make a project for them.  They sent a huge box full of every type of thread they make.  The box was 4-feet by 2 1/2-feet by 1 1/2-feet, so you can imagine how much thread I have.  Unless you have a particular thread you simply have to use do not bring any to the meeting.

If you want to draw and color the face with colored pencils, bring a mechanical pencil, eraser, permanent pens and colored pencils.



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Now onto Steampunk!

We  have set the date for a June tea! Our normal meeting date would be June24th. So the following Saturday will be our party Date: June 28 3:00.
Theme will be steam punk. We have some time to get excited about it!
 The may meeting will be a steampunk prep meeting. We will discuss what we will do at the next April meeting. Some of the ideas are as follow:
Everyone bring a hat to decorate {Patti has  tulle, ribbons we can use } or: We can make Fascinators, which are very Steampunk.  I did that at a neighborhood tea I hosted and everyone had a blast.  I had large hair-clips and we used silk flowers, feathers, ribbons, tulle to make our Fascinators.  
Or:  Everyone bring a wrist cuff to decorate - bring Steampunk style gears and charms to decorate - again, I've got quite a few gears and cogs left from teaching my Steampunk doll.

For the tea everyone will bring traditional Victorian tea foods and lots of tea!
Lavender creams, sliced cucumber sandwiches, a cheese board with Camembert and White Stilton with Ginger, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, etc. {are you hungry yet?} 

Come in something steampunk and there will be a doll challenge. { If you took Patti’s class you have already} More information will be in the next newsletter.

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What is Steampunk? Think Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 days, War of the Worlds, etc.  Also, Alice in Wonderland and Tic-Tok from the Wizard of Oz series.  Actually, all of Baum's books would be from that genre.  It is Victoriana meets Science Fiction.  It's when the steam engine came into action.  The Industrial Revolution.  Great era, but one I'm glad I didn't have to live in.

web sight of interest for Steampunk:

And, here's a couple events happening in San Diego to whet our appetites:

Gaslight Gathering - May 2-4 - Town & Country Hotel
This is our own Steampunk convention.  Born and raised here in San Diego.

WinkieCon - the 50th Wizard of Oz convention - Aug. 8-10 - Town & Country Convention Center
This will be a huge event as they will be celebrating the 75 anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz, and the 50th anniversary of their convention.  The theme this year is Tik-Tok, who is very Steampunk.
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From mind of Barb Keeling:
Hi Everyone: 
POT HEADS: a cute quick project from Barb Keeling. Darling d├ęcor for your houseplants: Make a doll head for your houseplants. 
Depending on the size of your plant will be up to you to decide on the size of the “doll head’ you do.  On average I do heads from 2 ½”” x 3” to 3” x 4 ½”.I like the flat face heads better for this sort of project. It is easier to see them in the plant. 
Go ahead and make your doll head.  Paint on the face and put on hair.  Close up the opening in the doll head.  If that is at the bottom or neck area, leave a small opening and insert a long wood skewer. Otherwise poke a hole in the head bottom and push through a skewer.  Push that up into the head so the head does not wobble.  Then ‘jam the skewer with the head on top into the dirt of the houseplant. Your Pot Head will enjoy the view from your plant.  Doug sometimes calls the ones he does POT STICKER and he will often do a little sign he does on foam “board” that says WATER ME.   Anyway jump into to this fun and easy project.  This is a great use for left over heads in your bone box. Remember I still sell some doll making supplies on my website.  Barb Keeling 
Well Spring is here and makes us sometimes think of our plants. 


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 Note:
Cheryl shared with us a wonderful fashion show that the Chula Vista woman’s club put on and Cheryl ,Patti and I went too. It was 100 year old fashions! 
  
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Notice: I am compiling a birthday list please sent me yours!

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From Debra Tomcik

contact info: tmcklea@roadrunner.com or 760-943-8692
Future dates for class: May 4, June 8, July 6, August 10
We have so much fun!





Meeting dates for the upcoming year: The fourth tuesday of the month. May 27, June 28th tea, July 22, August 26, Sept 23, Oct 28, and Dec holiday party to be announced. We need signups to host upcoming meetings. Please sign up

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Members web sights
Lois Boncer
Patti Culea
Barb Keeling
Debra Tomcik
If you would like your web site listed please contact me so that I can include you on the list.  

The newsletter will evolve as we develop more content in the future.  You can help!  I can use notes, stories and other materials from you about your activities and happenings, your websites, any challenges you might want to organize, photographs of your work or studio, and other items that could be of interest to our doll making community!  Please contact me at:  tmcklea@roadrunner.com, or call me at 760-943-8692!



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Note from Stephanie: I am reposting parts of the newsletter as a courtesy to people who may not be members. Please contact Lois Boncer if you would like to become a member.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Blueprints
                              Newsletter of IOLCC  
                               March 2014                                                                                                                                  
third meeting of a new year

6:30 March 25,2014
Hosted by Linda Adams 


Thank you Carrie for hosting our fun meeting dressing our ladies! I need pictures sent to me of your creations so that they can be printed in the next Blueprints. I can hardly wait to see the finished figures.

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  Our next class project:
A Doll to Love Charity Project - March 25 and April 22

Come to Linda's house March 25 to begin the project we'll be finishing at Patti's house April 22.  Patti has donated her simple doll pattern - Frannie, a Friendship Doll - to use.  If you weren't at the February meeting she'll have them at the March meeting.  You won't need it before the meeting.  You can also use any simple doll pattern you might have in your file of doll patterns.  I love Tilda's simple dolls and they would be perfect for this project.

What is the charity?  Some of the dolls will go to a local nursing home to give to residents with Dementia and Alzheimer's.  They've found that women with these illnesses love holding a doll or stuffed animal.  It calms them.

The other charity is an organization that is rescuing children from the sex slavery business herd in San Diego.  These girls, many who are under the age of 13, need something to love.  Again, a doll or stuffed animal is something that is loved and needed.

What to bring:
March 25 - 6 fat quarters fabrics for the flesh parts, clothing, legs, shoes
Threads to match
Sewing machine & your basic sewing kit - which should include scissors, a small cutting matt, rotary cutter, ruler, pins, machine threads, hand sewing needles, etc.
It would be helpful if you copied the pattern pieces onto card stock, cut them out and taped the shoes to the legs before the meeting.

At the March meeting the doll will be sewn, not filled with stuffing.  That will be your homework in preparation for the April 22 meeting at Patti's.

April 22 - Body finished,  including the head without her features.  If you want to use the bits of fabric for Frannie's eyes, cheeks and lips have them ironed onto her face.  We'll embroider the rest at Patti's.  Bring scissors and embroidery needles.  Patti will provide embroidery thread and buttons.

If you want to draw and color the face with colored pencils, bring a mechanical pencil, eraser, permanent pens and colored pencils.

At the March meeting I'll have a list of the places we'll consider to donate these dolls to.  We can decide at that meeting which two we'd like.

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News from Barb Keeling
congratulations on 6 pages!
Soft Dolls and Animals did a great job putting together my Blue Eared Bear & Friends Story.  It is a big story with a lot of funny and funky bears.  I did slip up and forgot to mention the name of the doll club sorry my goof up.  Hope you all get the magazine. 
Please join in the Blue Eared Bear Challenge. We all need to pay attention to the issue of bulling of these young kids. It is lovely when our "dolls" can deliver the message of hope and help.  

Here is the story book in Paperback form about the Blue Eared Bear plus a second story that it so much fun called Giggle Cookies.  Available on my website.  There is an audio CD of the book too. 

Please see Soft Dolls & Animals, April/May 2014 issue, for this wonderful article!

Happy Bear hugs,  barb keeling



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 Patti Culea Workshop: Having fun with Mikaela

Patti's answer to the ball-jointed dolls. Come join Patti for a two day workshop making Mikaela, only this time there will be two weeks in between each workshop day. 

Dates: April 4 & 18, 2014
Time: 10am to 5pm both days
Place: Bits & Pieces Quilt Shop in Poway   www.sewsandiego.com   858-679-5880
           12625 Danielson Ct  #111-112
cost: $180 for two full days
contact Bits & Pieces for reservations

Mikaela is a published pattern but during the class Patti will show you techniques to get the doll you want.

During the two days we'll draw, sculpt and color the face, color some of the body parts, create the fun ball-jointed hands and learning how to turn the fingers, make her corset, create fun shoes. Also learning easy bead embellishments and attaching the hair.
There is two weeks between the class days which will enable everyone to go home with a finished doll at the end of the workshop.
As part of the class fee you can choose one of Mikaela's other outfits so that she'll have options for her wardrobe.

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Notice: I am compiling a birthday list please sent me yours!

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From Debra Tomcik
Next sculpting class will be Sunday March 16 at 10. 
contact info: tmcklea@roadrunner.com or 760-943-8692



Meeting dates for the upcoming year: The fourth tuesday of the month.  March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, Sept 23, Oct 28, and Dec holiday party to be announced. We need signups to host upcoming meetings. Please sign up! 
Members web sights
Lois Boncer
Patti Culea
Barb Keeling
Debra Tomcik
If you would like your web sight listed please contact me so that I can include you on the list.  

The newsletter will evolve as we develop more content in the future.  You can help!  I can use notes, stories and other materials from you about your activities and happenings, your websites, any challenges you might want to organize, photographs of your work or studio, and other items that could be of interest to our doll making community!  Please contact me at:  tmcklea@roadrunner.com, or call me at 760-943-8692!

Note:
If anyone has dues to send in please send a check to: Sheila Godfrey, 908 Morse St, Oceanside, CA, 92054

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Note: the above is an unofficial, edited version of the official email newsletter sent out to members every month. If you would like to become a member and receive the newsletter (with more pictures and information) please contact Lois Boncer, whose information is on this page.